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" Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment ; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity. "
Lessons derived from the animal world - Page 258
by C. T - 1847
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The Spectator, Volume 5

1739
...a Flafh of Lightning, that breaks thro' a Gloom of Clouds, and glitters for a Moment ; Chearfulnefs keeps up a kind of Day-light in the Mind, and fills it with a fteddy and perpetual Serenity. MEN of auftere Principles look upon Mirth as too wanton and dilTolute...
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A Collection of Select Aphorisms and Maxims: With Several Historical ...

Charles Palmer (Deputy Serjeant of the House of Commons.) - Aphorisms and apothegms - 1748 - 322 pages
...flafli of lightening, that breaks thro' a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment. Chearfulnefs keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a fteady and perpetual ferenity. 1 152. It is a pitiful fneaking fort of life, that of a backbiter, always...
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The Miscellaneous Works: Apothegms and maxims for the good conduct of life ...

Gorges Edmond Howard - 1782
...; it makes us happy in ourfelves, agreeable to others, and pleafing to GotJ. Mirth is like a flafh of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment : Cheerfulnefs keeps up a kind of day light in the mind, and fills it with a fteady and perpetual ferenity....
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The Distinction Between Words Esteemed Synonymous in the English Language ...

John Trusler - English language - 1783 - 196 pages
...fuch an exquifite gladnefs, prevents us from falling into any depths of forrow. Mirth is like a flam of lightning that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment ; cheerfulnefs, keeps up a kind of day-light in the mind, and fills it with a fteady and perpetual...
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The Distinction Between Words Esteemed Synonymous in the English Language ...

John Trusler - English language - 1783 - 196 pages
...fuch an exquifite gladnefs, prevents usJrom falling into any depths of forrow. Mirth is like a flam of lightning that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment ; cheerfulnefs, keeps up a kind of day-light in the mind, and fills it with a fteady and perpetual...
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The Speaker: Or, Miscellaneous Pieces, Selected from the Best English ...

William Enfield - Elocution - 1785 - 405 pages
...fuch an exquifue gladnefs, prevents us from falling into any depths of forrow. Mirth is like a flam of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds* and glitters for a moment ; cheerfulnefs keeps up a kind of day-light in the mind, and fills it with a fteady and perpetual ferenity....
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Harrison's British Classicks, Volume 5

1786
...an exquilite gladnefs, prevents us from falling into any depths of forrow. Mirth is like a flaih ot lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment ; chearfulnefs keeps up a kind of day-light ín the mind, and fills it with a fteady ami perpetual...
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Lessons in Elocution, Or, A Selection of Pieces in Prose and Verse: For the ...

William Scott - Elocution - 1789 - 398 pages
...flafh of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clomli, and glitters for a moment ; cheerfulnels keeps up a kind of day-light in the mind, and fills it with a fteady and perpetual ferenity. Speftater. 9. At the fame lime that I think difcrction the rhoft ufeful...
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Elements of Moral Science, Volume 1

James Beattie - Ethics - 1790 - 688 pages
...friend is always welcome, and one of the greateft comforts of life. Mirth, fays Addifon, is like a flam of lightning that breaks through . a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment : chearfulnefs keeps up a kind of funmine in the foul, and fills it with a fteady and perpetual ferenity....
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Elegant Extracts: Or, Useful and Entertaining Passages in Prose, Selected ...

Vicesimus Knox - English prose literature - 1790 - 1019 pages
...fuch an cxquifne gladnefs, prevents us from falling into any depths of forrow. Mirth is like a flalh of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; chearfulnefs keeps up a kind of day-light in the mind, and alls it with a fleady and perpetual ferenity....
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